“A little friction” with Revs brings Sene to Red Bulls

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Just two seasons ago, swift 6’3″ striker Saer Sene would never have been traded for a bench striker and some allocation money.

What a difference a couple of years makes.

After exploding on the scene with 11 goals in 25 appearances in 2012, ACL issues and a reported row with New England Revolution management has made the once-hot MLS commodity a relatively cheap addition for the New York Red Bulls.

By all accounts, Sene is back to full health and ready to participate.

That leaves all of one reason why he was jettisoned.

“I’m not up in New England [but] you hear stories that [Sene] didn’t get along with the coach, with Jay Heaps, but I don’t know for a fact,” head coach Mike Petke noted. “The thing I look at from the outside of New England, I thought Sene was a better option for them, so there must’ve been something going on behind the scenes. But all the reports I get from people I know is he’s a great kid, so there must’ve been something going on.”

Petke hopes that “a little friction” with the Revs is the Red Bulls’ gain.

The French striker serves plenty of purposes for New York. While scoring is not a big issue for the Red Bulls, impact bench options are — particularly late in close matches. The Red Bulls have a whopping 10 draws through 23 matches this season. Sene could provide a breath through option off the bench to sway those ties in New York’s favor; something the team has not enjoyed since employing Juan Agudelo several seasons ago.

Sene can also be a solution on the left midfield side; an area where Petke has struggled to find a regular contributor. “He’s somebody definitely that we’re looking at not just for forwards, but he gives us an option at a couple of positions,” Petke acknowledged. “You just named it, outside up. He’s very offensive minded and likes to get forward and of course, we’re not just going to pigeon hole him to one single, solitary position.”

Likewise, the shift can be a good one for Sene as well. Not only does he get a ticket out of Heaps’ doghouse, he also incorporates himself into a side that may be better suited to his talents. “I think a two-forward system suits him much better than a lone forward system that at, a lot of times you find New England was playing,” Petke said. “Out wide, yes. He has the pace, he has the skill and he likes to get forward which is something that I like. We want our attacking to players to look to get forward first and then play the safe option second.

“At the end of the day, it’s a like-for-like trade, we feel like we got good quality in the trade and somebody who has the experience and has shown in the past his ability to be very dangerous. So whether that be up top or out wide, we’re confident that we’re getting somebody that is going to help us out.”

  • williammccrary

    I like Oyongo at left mid. Depth never hurts and Sene could spell TH

  • I like this trade! Sene can be an exciting player

  • NYsoccerfan

    Good trade. Should give us some more options going forward. Now need more steel in the middle. Buy Beckerman!!

  • Alej

    I like this move. but offense is not the problem.. The back is broken. this team gives up to many silly goals, especially PKs. Get a competent D to pair with Olave!